The Northeast Development Commission (NEDC) has donated N2 billion to victims of Monday Market fire inferno in Maiduguri, Borno state. The commission’s chairman, Maj-Gen Paul Tarfa (Rtd.) and Managing Director, Ambassador Goni Alkali, presented the cheque to Governor Babagana Zulum during a courtesy call in Maiduguri on Monday.
Alkali said the gesture was to help revive the trade of the over 800,000 traders who had lost their respective businesses in the market.
“The reopening of the Monday Market last week after it was reconstructed by the state government and other assistance from individuals and organizations is a welcome development, hence, the NEDC’s gesture to help the traders restart businesses,” he said.
The NEDC team also visited Bama and Kundiga local government areas that were recovered from Boko Haram terrorists and inspected the newly constructed police barracks and other facilities that were hitherto destroyed by insurgents.
Responding, Governor Zulum congratulated the new board members of NEDC and promised to judiciously distribute the N2 billion to the affected victims of the inferno. He said, the crisis perpetrated by insurgents has led to the destruction of 5,000 classrooms, 800 municipal houses, 1 million homes, and displacement of about 50,000 widows and orphans across the state.